A lawsuit has been filed in connection with the warrantless police search of a nonviolent protester’s cellphone in the Castro district last year.
On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed the civil suit against The City and Police Chief Greg Suhr on behalf of homeless advocate Bob Offer-Westort, who was arrested Jan. 27, 2012, after setting up a tent in Jane Warner Plaza and refusing to leave. Read More
Proponents of San Francisco’s controversial sit-lie ordinance say the law is already deterring aggressive panhandlers in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, even though police haven’t started enforcing it.
The Civil Sidewalks law went into effect Dec. 17 but won’t be enforced until mid-February, when the department completes its training and community outreach, police said. The law makes it illegal to sit or lie on a public sidewalk in The City between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Read More